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Utah couple plays 'Up' duet to celebrate 60th anniversary

By Martha Ostergar | Posted - Oct. 19, 2015 at 7:27 p.m.



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CENTERVILLE — If you've seen Disney's "Up," you are well aware that the first 15 minutes of an animated movie can make virtually anyone cry.

We collectively felt joy as Carl and Ellie found each other and got married; our hearts ached when the cartoon couple found out they couldn't have kids; and there was likely not a dry in the house when Ellie dies and Carl finds himself alone.

So when I tell you that this video from an insanely adorable Utah couple will make you smile (and maybe cry a little), you'll know it's because it's an homage to "Up" in look and song choice.

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The Centerville couple has been married for 60 years, and they have been playing piano duets together since they first got married, according to their grandson and well-known local YouTuber, Jason Lyle Black, aka "Backwards Piano Man."

"I grew up watching them play duets at our family reunion," Black said. " 'Maple Leaf Rag' was the one they'd always play together."

Black said his grandmother has played her whole life and even taught lessons, and his grandfather's hobby is restoring old pianos. In fact, he restored the antique piano he and his wife are playing the video.

If that background isn't enough to make you squeal from cuteness, on top of all of this, they threw a family premiere party Sunday to debut the video

"It was so fun, we had a little "Private Family Premiere" last night and got a bunch of family together," Black said. "My grandma made cookies, and we all watched the video. Such a great memory."

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